Big news for the Green Mountain Film Festival came at press time today: There's been a major changing of the guard at Focus on Film, the fest's parent nonprofit. Donald Rae, executive director of FOF for the past six years, has stepped down, along with the rest of the board.
The board's new president is Terrence Youk, owner of Montpelier's Savoy Theater (pictured), who says in a press release that he sees this as "a timely opportunity to bring the Savoy under the wing of the Focus on Film nonprofit."
Always a venue for the GMFF, the Savoy has held several public funding drives to address its financial vicissitudes in the past few years. Like many local independent theaters, it faces an uncertain future in the digital era. Is Youk taking this opportunity to rebrand the theater as a nonprofit community resource with an educational mission? Watch this space for updates.